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Backyard garden yields mystery ‘straw-mato’

The Giant Noodle

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GALESBURG —
Dean Wilson says he’s no gardener.

So when his wife Beverly cut into one of the tomatoes plucked from his attempt at a backyard garden, he was shocked at what he’d grown.

Inside the tomato was what looked to be a strawberry in shape, size and color. And all the tomatoes pulled from this one plant in the garden had the same “strawberry” inside.

“It tastes like a really good tomato,” Wilson said, adding that the strawberry flavor isn’t there but there is a bite of sweetness to the fruit.

Whether you call it a “straw-mato” or a “tom-berry,” a strawberry that has grown inside of a tomato is a phenomenon that has been reported elsewhere. For example, in September 2008, the England-based newspaper The Sun reported that a woman named Ester Walker of Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, also found a straw-mato growing in her garden.


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